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Old 01-28-2006, 11:58 PM   #1
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Jade_dragon71's 135 gallon** Disaster on 4/10/2013 **


.......and also tama drummer 73's.

Tim and a friend of ours picked up the tank today. I'm in awe of how big it actually is! The sump tank came broken, so the builder is going to UPS us another since it was their fault. We have to wait 3 weeks on each tank before we add water to them, but plenty to do in the meantime. I'll let the DH explain all the technical details, since that's not my thing, but here's the tank, stand and canopy:
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:05 AM   #2
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Here is our official site that has all of our journal info about the tank.

http://aquaria.tswn.com
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Old 02-04-2006, 04:16 AM   #3
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Sump is in

http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...c_id=8&forum=4
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:49 PM   #4
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It looks like it is comming along good! I can't wait to see it up and running, and like you can't! LOL I am a fellow woodworker, and your stand and hood look GREAT!!

Keep the pics posted!
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:01 AM   #5
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Great looking start! What plants and livestock do you have in mind?
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:38 AM   #6
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Great looking start! What plants and livestock do you have in mind?

Thanks! As far as plants go, I've been buying up as many fast growing stems as I can through swap and shop here. So far I have sunset hygro, red ludwigia, a couple of different bacopas, cabomba, moneywort, hornwort, macandra, and anacharis for bunches. Also have some jungle val and micro sword that I definitely want to get the tank started out with, too. My melon sword, aponogeton, crypts, and java fern may get transfered over, too, but I'm undecided as of yet on that. Oh, I definitely plan on getting some glosso when we get it up and running...I'm out of room in our 55 now!

At first I thought I'd just transfer all the current tank residents of the 55 gallon over to the 135- guppies, platies, cory cats, weather loach, 2 clown plecos, one common pleco, cherry and ghost shrimp. Now, I'm debating on putting the shrimp in the sump area and aquiring angels, rams, and a school of rasboras. The livebearers don't really "fit", do they? I just don't have the heart to give up my guppies since I like them so much, but Tim has me convinced that the larger tank needs some larger fish as well. The 55 will become a mbuna tank, so definitely can't put the poor gups in there, lol....

I don't know...maybe I'll keep the guppies to the sump area, and use the "excess" batches of fry to feed to the angels. Don't quite know what to do yet livestock wise....help!
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Old 02-05-2006, 02:20 AM   #7
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It looks like it is comming along good! I can't wait to see it up and running, and like you can't! LOL I am a fellow woodorker, and your stand and hood look GREAT!!

Keep the pics posted!
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Here are some more pics of the stand stained.

http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...c_id=9&forum=4

The durso's are completed. The water level in the overflow is going to be around 1.5 inches below the display tank water level.
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:22 AM   #8
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Here are some more pics of the stand stained.

http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...c_id=9&forum=4

The durso's are completed. The water level in the overflow is going to be around 1.5 inches below the display tank water level.
wow dude, nice car

i like how the stain turned out on the stand
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Very nice car... And even though after the car the tanks kind of set off to the back of my mind I like how the stand currently looks and would definatly go low gloss.

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Old 02-05-2006, 04:03 AM   #10
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Haha, yeah the car is a blast to tool around in. It runs VERY strong. Im trying to match the finish to the dining room table we have in the same room. Its high gloss, so thats my reasoning for going with gloss.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:59 PM   #11
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Default Returns are built

Here is a pic of the return pipes fully assembled. In the pic you can see the durso's are assembled as well.

http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...19#forumpost19
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:11 PM   #12
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Default The stand is done and at home.... now for the hood...

Well good news, I finished the stand this past week, and had to let the final coat of varnish harden for 72 hours before I took the stand home. Its at home now and the tank is now on it. It turned out much better than I had hoped. I had to cut a hole in the side to allow us to get the sump in.

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http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...20#forumpost20
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Old 02-14-2006, 05:02 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Plumbing started on the tank....

Well I've started on the plumbing. I've finished the mockup of the piping for the inlets. Some pieces are glued, the connections to the bulkheads are not glued. I still have to add some pipe clamps to keep the pvc in place while under load.

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http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...21#forumpost21

Im still working on how I am going to plumb the return lines, as I have limited space on the back side of the sump. I dont think it will be too much of a problem, but you never really know.
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Well good news, I finished the stand this past week, and had to let the final coat of varnish harden for 72 hours before I took the stand home. Its at home now and the tank is now on it. It turned out much better than I had hoped. I had to cut a hole in the side to allow us to get the sump in.

http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...20#forumpost20
So the front of the stand doesn't open? It looks really nice, BTW! What size did you end up with for the sump? I guess you are planning to put some tall plants in front of the durso etc? Thanks for sharing. Wide angle shots are nice to get perspective on the plumbing, FWIW.
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So the front of the stand doesn't open? It looks really nice, BTW! What size did you end up with for the sump? I guess you are planning to put some tall plants in front of the durso etc? Thanks for sharing. Wide angle shots are nice to get perspective on the plumbing, FWIW.
Yeah the front of the tank does open, but the opening isn't large enough for the sump. lol! I will trim out the piece of the stand that I had to cut out with 1x2 oak. I dont plan on leaving a gaping hole there LOL!! My goal is to make another door fashioned the same way that the other doors are. Not hard to do.

To answer your question about the sump, I went with a 38 gallon sump. As far as sharing info, anything that I can share back to the community is just a small token of appreciation. Quite a few people helped me out by providing me ideas and whatnot, so I am just returning the favor by doing the same.

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